Southern Appalachian Stream Restoration Manager

Trout Unlimited

Asheville, NC, United States 🇺🇸

About Trout Unlimited

Trout Unlimited is a national organization with more than 150,000 volunteers organized into about 400 chapters nationwide. These dedicated volunteers are paired with a respected staff of more than 200 organizers, lawyers, policy experts and scientists across the U.S. Our mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s cold-water fisheries and their watersheds.

Position Summary

TU is seeking a Southern Appalachian Stream Restoration Manager to collaborate with National Forests in North Carolina and the surrounding region on planning, assessment, design, construction and monitoring of aquatic habitat restoration projects that benefit coldwater habitat. Due to the importance of habitat connectivity to the long-term security of brook trout populations, a major emphasis of this program will be on replacing culverts that impede fish passage. Projects will occur on and adjacent to National Forest Systems lands and will provide multiple benefits to the U.S. Forest Service and the local community including flood resiliency, improvement of aquatic habitat and water quality, and protection of aquatic health and biodiversity. The position will be based in Asheville, NC and will focus initially on projects on and adjacent to the National Forests of North Carolina.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Water Project Coordinator will:

  • Coordinate stream geomorphic surveys (dimension, pattern, profile, substrate), and stream habitat assessments, as well as aquatic passage assessments on and adjacent to North Carolina’s National Forests.
  • Coordinate the design of aquatic organism passage projects on and adjacent to National Forests.
  • Oversee project budgets and work estimates.
  • Oversee permitting, funding and coordinating implementation of restoration projects on and adjacent to National Forests.
  • Plan multiple restoration projects simultaneously on and adjacent to North Carolina’s National Forests.
  • Coordinate with the U.S. Forest Service Virtual Design Team for review of all road-stream crossing and constructed stream channel designs.
  • Meet with the U.S. Forest Service to identify priority watersheds and projects and provide annual performance reports to document progress.
  • Coordinate with TU chapters and councils on National Forest projects and project funding.
  • Work with the Forest Service Region 8 Office and individual forests in the region to identify opportunities for TU to help the Forest Service advance coldwater conservation projects.
  • Coordinate press opportunities to highlight project implementation.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree a plus.
  • Professional experience in project management and river restoration required.
  • Excellent organizational and problem solving abilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, implement, and supervise multiphase stream restoration projects.
  • Experience with grant writing and grant management.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders including federal and state agencies, biologists, engineers, and landowners.
  • A working knowledge of principles and practices of fisheries and aquatic resource management with a particular emphasis on stream habitat requirements of brook trout.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Passion for protecting and restoring trout populations and their watersheds.

How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest, resume and 3 professional references to Keith Curley, Trout Unlimited’s Vice President for Eastern Conservation at [email protected] by February 20, 2017. Please insert the words “Southern Appalachian Stream Restoration Manager” in the subject line of the message. No phone calls please.

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